Unconditional Love

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A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home from the war. He called his parents from San Francisco. Mom and dad, Im coming home, but I’ve a favor to ask. I have a best friend I’d like to bring home with me. Sure, they replied, we’d love to meet him. There’s something you should know the son continued, he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mind and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us. Im sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us Son said the father, you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we cannot let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own. At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him.

A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide. The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn’t know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don’t like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are.

Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are. Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us!!!

There’s a miracle called friendship that dwells in the heart.
You don’t know how it happens or when it gets started.
But you know the special lift it always brings
and you realize that Friendship is God’s most precious gift!
Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed.
They make you smile and encourage you to succeed.
They lend an ear, they share a word of praise,
and they always want to open their hearts to you.

11 thoughts on “Unconditional Love”

  1. I read this as a part of an article in the Reader'sDigest several years ago. It can't possibly be an unknown author. I think you should get the entire story from the Reader's Digest and put in the whole thing. It does have the author's name,

  2. that really touched how the men family did not accept there son in to there home but I suppose they wern't to know that their son was talking bout himself

  3. Wow, that's sort of depressing :(
    I hope that I will never have to
    encounter such a situation like that.
    but it's nice and I'm gonna e-mail it
    to some friends.

  4. OMG! This story is so heart awakening…*sniff* May I please use it for my blog….I would really appreciate it. If you mind then I will just take it off…

  5. He's a very negative person,(i mean the soldier)
    why he did not tell them the truth?..i believed the parents will be very supportive
    if they only knew that it was him.the parents will say the other way around if they only knew.
    Not just commit suicide.who will comprehend us more than family.

  6. This is a very touching story..,Not enough words I can find how much it inspires me…to whoever the author of this story its is so so great!!!

  7. you sure indeed wrote a wonderful story. your story
    has touch me. yes what you said was true. we only
    love or care for someone who has a good physical
    apperanec but my question is that why cannot we look
    people as what they are inside, we keep on saying
    that oh that girl is pretty she has a great body or
    she has a nona lisa smile, or that manis too good to
    be true his a prince charming she has a graet smile!
    A great body, Why cannot we say that man is
    handsome, he is a good man he cares for everyone
    eventhogh he does not know them.

    1. To the person above who suggested to get the entire story and the author’s name was not the point, the message it behind it was.

      This was a very touching story, and I so get the lesson on “UNCONDITIONAL LOVE”, thank you!!

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